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February 1st marks the start of Black History Month 2024, providing us with an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada a culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous country.

This month’s theme is Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build, reminding us about the vital part that Black Canadians and their communities have played and continue to play in shaping Canada’s heritage and identity.

Events celebrating Black History Month will take place throughout the month all over Canada, including in Newmarket-Aurora. In our community, the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) and the Aurora Black Community (ABC) Association have several events that aim to educate, celebrate, and honour Black Canadians and their culture.

To kick off the month, both organizations will be hosting flag raising ceremonies on Thursday, February 1st, to honour the rich heritage of Black Canadians and to recognize their contributions to Newmarket-Aurora.

I had a lot of fun joining NACCA and ABC’s events last year, and I’m looking forward to attending again, including the Black History Gala in Aurora. I encourage everyone to visit their websites to learn more about their events and the resources they offer.

The Aurora Black Caucus also provides a space and resources to empower people of African ancestry, educate others, and raise awareness of the issues that Black Canadians face every day.

I commend these organizations and all the other Black-owned and Black-serving groups in Newmarket-Aurora for the work they put in to support Black Canadians and raise awareness of what we can all do to stand up against hate.

During Black History Month, I hope you all will join me in listening to and amplifying the voices of Black Canadians and continuing to educate ourselves on the issues they face every day. This month, and beyond, let’s unite to celebrate heritage and forge a future rooted in inclusivity and achievement.

Tony Van Bynen

MP Van Bynen at ABC's Flag Raising Ceremony
MP Van Bynen at NACCA's Flag Raising Ceremony

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